Treatment Options for Uterine Fibroids
Determining the right fibroid treatment can vary depending on the fibroid type, size, and location. Consult with your doctor to compare your treatment options and determine your treatment plan.
Medications and hormones that may be prescribed don’t eliminate fibroids, but can treat symptoms and in some cases, shrink the fibroids temporarily. They can also cause side effects if taken for an extended period of time.
The most common treatment for symptomatic fibroids is to remove all the fibroids by removing the entire uterus. This is a significant surgical procedure usually performed under general anesthesia, requiring up to 6 weeks of recovery depending on surgical approach.
Myomectomy is a surgical treatment option that removes the fibroids but not the uterus. This procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia and often requires incisions (cuts) in the abdomen.
Uterine Artery Embolization (UAE)
UAE (sometimes known as UFE) is the injection of small particles to block the blood vessels around the uterus, causing the fibroids to die and shrink over time. While effective, UAE can be associated with significant pain and an increased risk of pregnancy-related complications.
The Sonata® Treatment uses an intrauterine ultrasound handpiece to locate and target the individual fibroids. Radiofrequency energy is delivered to shrink the fibroid and reduce symptoms. The fibroids are treated from inside the uterus, so the Sonata Treatment requires no incisions in the abdomen, no tissue is cut or surgically removed, and the uterus is preserved.